The education world is gearing up for the largest technology event in the sector, BETT, which kicks off in London on Wednesday (13 January). All the latest innovations - such as educational projectors and interactive whiteboards - will be on show as over 600 educational suppliers and nearly 30,000 visitors descend on the capital's Olympia to test and compare resources and avail of free hands-on training and technical advice.
Projector manufacturer LG says it will use the occasion to show how it can support colleges and other education institutions, unveiling everything from its latest educational projectors to networked storage solutions.
"We are delighted to have the opportunity to use this important show to demonstrate our ability to provide more access to ICT solutions for more learners and to drive the development of interactive teaching across the education sector," said the firm's Barrie Guy.
Meanwhile, fellow projector manufacturer Panasonic is using BETT 2010 to unveil what it believes will be the "classroom of the future", designed to improve both visual and audible communication for students and teachers alike.
Epson will be showcasing its range of five ultra short-throw projectors for the classroom, including two which have inbuilt interactive capabilities and can turn a projection surface - a wall, for example - into an interactive whiteboard. The EB-460i and EB-450Wi use an interactive pen and are aimed at classrooms that don't have an interactive whiteboard or have a wipe-clean board.
For larger classrooms, the projectors feature a microphone input for teachers, while all five machines feature a 10W speaker. They can display a 70-inch screen in 4:3 ratio from a throw distance of 20 inches, as well as a 70-inch screen in 16:10 ratio from a 22-inch throw distance.
New and existing projectors will also be displayed by NEC, including projectors and LCD screens for use in lobby areas and equipment for lecture halls and secondary schools. Set up for primary schools looking to trim costs is the NEC NP610 projector, while the combination of the short-throw NP610S projector and an interactive smart board lets secondary schools use it at a distance as small as 90 centimetres.
For larger lecture halls, NEC will showcase its stacking system, featuring four NP3250 projectors to create a single picture and with a total brightness of up to 20,000 lumens.